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    Other Care (After care): It has been 3 1/2 years since he completed his treatment. Do not ever think you are out of the woods. Stick with the plan. See all the physicians, get all the X-Rays, follow everything that your Doctors want you to do. Then celebrate hard on the 5th anniversary!

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): At the end of his treatment, I got everybody I knew to be outside the treatment center with balloons and posters. There were about 35 people that could make it. My husband was in tears. Happy and surprised to see so many people there to support him and knowing that he had beat this. We just got back from the Oncologist and he is still cancer free!!!!

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    Radiation (External radiation ): He started radiation. This is when it really got hard. They make a mask that is fitted just for the patient. It starts half way up their chest and covers their face. It is fitted tight so they cannot move at all. Then you are on the table for 10 minutes without being able to move. The treatment is not painful. The recovery is. My husband did not do well. He lost 60 pounds. I had some of the local restaurants work with me on coming up with things that might be easy for him to swallow. Do not be afraid to reach out to anyone and everyone for help. Also know when to step up. Being the caretaker can some times make you the bad guy. His pain got so bad that we had to take him to the ER. My husband is not one to complain so when he woke me up at 3:00 AM I knew it was bad. We got to the ER. A strong male nurse came in and suddenly my husband was no longer in pain. I asked the nurse to step outside. I told my husband that pain was not a sign of weakness and that he is burned from the radiation. I talked him into taking a shot. He was really glad I did and finally got some sleep.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): We started treatment two days before Christmas. This is where your roll and the patients is the same. Positive attitude!!! We found out that 90% of the cure is positive attitude. Through Chemo Therapy and Bio Therapy my husband did great. When they lose their hair it will be hard. Expect this about three weeks after they start treatment. This is when it becomes very real to you. Cry but come back with humor. When we went to see the doctor. He could see that Glen had lost his hair and ask how we were doing. I said "well he is no longer allowed on the furniture because he is shedding” We all laughed. All he got was hiccups that lasted for hours because he just could not believe that was a side effect. Anything strange, call the doctor. While my husband was going through treatment, he got to know the staff and we cooked for them every time he went for treatment. Be supportive of anything they want to do. This made him feel good and kept his mind off the treatment. The center we went through also did not schedule the same patients at the same time. We rarely saw any of the patients more than once. Do not watch movies about cancer (50/50). This will not help you remain positive. When he finished his Chemo we went in for the results. It was "Fat Tuesday". My husband made Kings Cakes for the staff, dressed up in Mardi Gras colors and threw beads to the staff and patients when he walked through the door. When he got back to see the doctor he took one look at my husband and said "That is what I am talking about! Positive attitude!!" It paid off too. The lump was gone!

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): My Husband and I had moved to Seattle. He began to look like a lopsided chipmunk. His Primary Care put him of 4 rounds of Antibiotic. He said he had a tooth ache and she decided that was the problem so he went to see the dentist. They did a cancer check. "No cancer here" but he had a wisdom tooth that needed to come out. Another round of Antibiotics. Still no improvement. Instead of looking for another doctor, we went on about normal life. First piece of advice. Don't stop trying to find out what is wrong and be able to face what you hear. Being afraid of what you might hear will not make it go away. I had to come back home because our house had not sold. My husband decided that it was uncomfortable and he begged his Primary Care to let him see the ENT Specialist in her office. She finally did. On November 24, 2008 he came home for a visit. He also come home to tell me that he got the results of his biopsy. Stage IV head and neck cancer. They told him he had 6 months. At this point a million thoughts are going to go through your head. Cry but don't panic. Do research on what doctor is known for treating this cancer. If you are not happy with the first doctor go to another. However, keep in mind that time is very important. The Doctor we decided on was the top Doctor in our state for head and neck cancer. Our first visit he looked at my husbands scan and my husband being told that he only had 6 months ask his new Doctor "so...how long do I have?" The doctor’s reply was "Oh, 30 to 40 years." WHAT?!! Nothing better than a great doctor and the power of prayer. He gave us the treatment plan. I asked if this was him or a family member would this be the treatment that he would do for himself or them and he said yes! Don't be afraid to ask that question.